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Those are sweets in egg-like packages, not fake eggs, says standards body

Uganda National Bureau of Standards rubbishes media reports that there are fake eggs on the market, saying their surveillance had mentioned sweets in egg-like packages but not fake eggs

KAMPALA | Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has disputed media reports that there are fake eggs on the local market, clarifying that what was being mistaken for eggs are just sweets in egg-like packages.

The standards body said its market surveillance officer was misrepresented in media articles, drawing particular attention to Sunday Vision of lead story of October 28 under the headline “Fake eggs hit Kampala Market.”

In a statement, released Tuesday, UNBS head of public relations Godwin Bonge Muhwezi said the story contains “inaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts,” clarifying instead that what was in contention was a matter related to sweets in egg-like packages.

“The products referred to in the article by our market surveillance team were actually sweets in packages that looked Iike egg shells but clearly labelled as Funny Toys,” Muhwezi said.

“Apart from the appearance of the package, the product did not contain any features meant to mislead the public into believing that they are actual eggs.”

In the Sunday Vision story, it was said that Police had stormed a plant that was manufacturing fake eggs following a tip-off by a woman who had been mistreated by her employers.

Charles Twine, an economic crimes and anti-corruption officer attached to CID headquarters in Kampala, told Sunday Vision that the Kawempe plant belonged to Chinese ‘investor’ and that they had detected police movement and fled before their arrest.

However, in a twist to the story, UNBS now claims it intervened on the issues related to fake eggs due to suspicion of tampering with manufacturing dates of the sweets, not eggs to begin with.

“Our intervention was due to suspected tampering with expiry dates and labels In Chinese language in violation of the standard for labelling pre-packaged foods. We have not received complaints or come across cases of fake eggs on the market,” Muhwezi said.

However, in yet another strange decision, UNBS revealed it actually is investigating the issue of fake eggs on the market, urging the public to volunteer information that can help in its investigations to report on the matter to report to them.

UNBS is a statutory body with a mandate to enforce standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous substandard products.

“We would like to urge the public to always look out for UNBS Distinctive Mark as a quality assurance that a locally manufactured product meets the required standards and to report any cases of substandard product on the market on our toll-free line 0800133133,” the statement said.

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